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Winter Olympics 2018 - Pyeongchang

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43021649

BBC wrote:
A Russian speed skater dedicated his country's first medal of the Winter Olympics to his compatriots who have been banned from the Games in "such a hard and unfair way".

Semen Elistratov, who won bronze for the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team, is under investigation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for his comments.


On sticky ground, IMV.
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@altis, His off the ̶w̶r̶i̶s̶t̶ cuff remarks sound like the outpourings of a nut... maybe two.

*gets coat*
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Olympics Podcast #3 is now available
https://soundcloud.com/knowledge-is-powder-ski-podcast/daily-winter-olympic-special-day-3

We discover that Aimee Fuller has scored some Burberry slippers and that there are no plans (yet!) to extend the Games...

BTW re the farcical 'OAR', you might as well describe Team GB as 'Olympic Athletes from Great Britain'. Definitely a topic for another blog.
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Fingers crossed today for Alex Tilley - goddaughter of a neighbour.

https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/alpine-skiing/athlete-profile-n3036476-alex-tilley.htm
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Her race has been postponed to Thursday due to strong winds, I think
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Day 2 Podcast now live... Very Happy
https://soundcloud.com/knowledge-is-powder-ski-podcast/daily-winter-olympic-special-day-2

Be careful about turning on 'Dancing on Ice' and getting confused with the Olympics... wink


Oh dear I listened to that and wished I hadn't bothered. Think you're on a losing battle rereading the results that we've already seen and heard via the BBC with not really any enhanced insight.
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altis wrote:
Fingers crossed today for Alex Tilley - goddaughter of a neighbour.



That's as tenuous as me saying hello to Marie Dorin at Lidl.
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iainm wrote:
Her race has been postponed to Thursday due to strong winds, I think


The wind is starting to have a real impact - postponements hitting the downhill events, and the women's slopestyle final surrounded by controversy, with many saying it shouldn't have gone ahead.
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Watching the moguls makes my knees hurt
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Not sure if it was down to the wind (I don't watch much women's snowboarding) but they seem streets behind the current level of the men
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Potential for Britainís first medal of the games? Elise Christie in the speed skating - the final (should she make it) will be at 12pm.

00:05-02:00: Curling - mixed doubles bronze-medal match
01:00-02:40: Snowboarding - women's halfpipe
02:30-04:10 & 06:00-07:25: Alpine skiing - men's combined
08:30-09:45 & 11:00-13:00: Cross country skiing - men's and women's individual classic
10:00-12:11: Short-track speed skating - women's 500m
10:30-12:55: Luge - women's final runs
11:00-12:45: Speed skating - men's 1500m
11:05-13:20: Curling - mixed doubles gold-medal match
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@Bennisboy, womenís snowboarding isnít on par with the men but itís also not that bad, the wind was clearly a big issue. In fact the wind was an issue for a number of the men too, even though it was less gusty during their event.
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The womens slopestyle was well down on form due to the conditions. Scoring was well down - for comparison, Jonesies bronze run from 4 years ago would have netted her gold this year on points - in fact, Jamie Andersons winning run would've got her 6th in 2014.
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@Richard_Sideways, @SnoodlesMcFlude, ah I thought that might be the case, definite shame that they weren't allowed to be at their best
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In response to complaints by competitors in the women's slopestyle event about the decision to allow it to take place in 30mph crosswinds, a FIS spokeswoman defended the decision, adding "Nobody is forced to go down and compete." Shocked

Well yes, nobody is forced to go down and compete (unless of course you want a chance of winning an Olympic medal)....
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@Dave of the Marmottes - thanks for the review Dave, I'll read that one out tomorrow!

@Alastair Pink - I'm with you on that. I mentioned yesterday in the pod that Aimee was told they had the best weather window of the week. I suspect they laid that on thick with the suggestion that if it didn't happen then, there would be the risk it wouldn't happen at all.
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Funny then that they postponed ground level events but chose to carry on with the airborne ones.
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^this. Frankly, its offensive - particularly as they postponed other events that day due to the wind. The athletes are *possibly* not the best to judge though as they have so much invested in the competition. IMO this is where the coaches should have stepped in and questioned the safety aspect of holding the event in those conditions.
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Today's pod is live: http://www.skipedia.co.uk/2018/02/the-winter-olympics-ski-podcast-not-live-from-pyeongchang-2018/
Make sure you subscribe to get it first...before you hear the same stuff on the BBC wink
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@Dave of the Marmottes - thanks for the review Dave, I'll read that one out tomorrow!



Hey if you're a fan of the Bugle you can make me the " F you Marmottes" of your podcast if you like.

As I've said like the regular podcast not sure the daily Olympic one works unless you have a top line on scurrilous gossip.
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Just saw the women's snowboard halfpipe final, looks like the conditions were much more favourable, some very impressive runs in there!
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I clearly don't understand short-track - is the Canadian girl the luckiest in the world? Seems to me, throughout the women's 500m from the heats onwards, it's the victims of argy-bargy that have been penalised
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@Dave of the Marmottes - damn, didn't see the 'F you Marmottes' comment until too late, but it's in here today Very Happy :
https://soundcloud.com/knowledge-is-powder-ski-podcast/daily-winter-olympic-special-day-5

We have Will on today on the line direct from Seoul, bit of gossip via Aimee Fuller on Shaun White...
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The coolest ginger in town/the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/13/shaun-white-snowboard-halfpipe-gold-scotty-james
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Great run from the flying tomato, whats more impressive is that somehow he's 31!
Could have sworn he was still in his early 20s. This makes me feel old Evil or Very Mad
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Have to say that Hirschers slalom run was epic given the snow blowing across the bottom of the gates, mega hard to get close when you can't even see them. He is a machine.
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Just caught up with the men's superpipe final, all I can say is wow. They just kept taking it to a higher and higher level. Massive props to White for taking gold with the very last run, can't imagine the pressure on him!

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Fab run by Shaun White. Interesting/Baffled to see some of the comments on social media by people getting their knickers in a twist about the fact he let the American Flag tough the floor rolling eyes
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@snow_badger, it is viewed as disrespectful. That said it is not meant to be worn as apparel or festooned around shoulders either
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They'll lose their poo-poo when they find out its been wrapped round sweaty ballsacks and arsecracks for years

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I even have some Darn Tough stars n stripes ski socks and I can assure you the fragrance is not one of respect wink
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@snow_badger, Americans are weird about their flag (especially as it is used as a print for bikinis and underwear all the time)
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@holidayloverxx, I fully understand that, but Im sure he didnt mean any disrespect. Quite clearly you can see that hes rather overcome with emotion, so to see the comments on social media about it is just madness
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@holidayloverxx, I fully understand that, but Im sure he didnt mean any disrespect. Quite clearly you can see that hes rather overcome with emotion, so to see the comments on social media about it is just madness


It's almost as if they had a president who shoots his gob off about things on social media that he cloaks in patriotism to hide his nuttiness...
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Fab run by Shaun White. Interesting/Baffled to see some of the comments on social media by people getting their knickers in a twist about the fact he let the American Flag tough the floor rolling eyes


he's delusional if he thinks he can make the 2020 olympics with skating though lol
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@snow_badger, Americans are weird about their flag (especially as it is used as a print for bikinis and underwear all the time)

Not weird just we have some different customs regarding the flag, and you don't drag it along the ground like that. He marred an otherwise great performance.
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@essex, have never understood the American culture around the flag and anthem. He's represented the country in an amazing way and people are worried about a bit of cloth? I find it bizarre, my priorities would be completely the other way round, and as others above have pointed out the flag is used in far worse ways that are accepted without question.
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Bennisboy wrote:
@snow_badger, Americans are weird about their flag (especially as it is used as a print for bikinis and underwear all the time)

Not weird just we have some different customs regarding the flag, and you don't drag it along the ground like that. He marred an otherwise great performance.

I rest my case Razz

You don't marr a gold medal performance for the ages by letting a flag touch the ground, guarantee no other country would be bothered. An athlete full of emotion who had many other things on his mind was not being insulting, just celebrating his moment
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He's got a track record for flags



The whole flag ceremony/ flag code is interesting - basically a device to unite a disparate body of states and cultures and appropriated militarily and politically at every opportunity. I always think there is some basic insecurity at its heart that being American is not enough and kids/citizens need to be reminded on a daily basis - perhaps understandable given the civil war wasn't that long ago.
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The origin of alpine skiing - telemark - is not an Olympic sport. Jasmine Taylor GB has now won 3 gold medals this season and is doing really well. Please sign her petition to get telemark into the Olympics.

https://www.change.org/p/olympic-telemark-ski-racing-make-telemark-skiing-an-olympic-sport

Thanks
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